The Reign of Christ
Call to Worship
God of Israel,
with expectant hearts
we your people await Christ’s coming.
As once he came in humility,
so now may he come in glory,
that he may make all things perfect
in your everlasting kingdom.
For he is Lord for ever and ever.
We light these candles as a sign of the coming light of Christ.
Advent means coming.
We are preparing for the full coming of God’s kingdom:
The nations shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together,
and a little child shall lead them.
We are a people of hope
waiting for the return of our Lord.
God will renew the world through Jesus,
who will put all unrighteousness out,
purify the works of human hands,
and perfect our fellowship in divine love.
Christ will wipe away every tear;
death shall be no more.
There will be a new heaven and a new earth,
and all creation will be filled with God’s glory.
—from Our Song of Hope st. 1, 21
But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
— 2 Peter 3:13-14